23 People Arrested After Anti-Muslim Mobs Slaughter Man in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lankan security personnel stand guard outside a damaged shop after a mob attack in Minuwangoda on Tuesday. — AFP

Mobs moved through towns in Sri Lanka’s northwest on motorbikes and in buses, ransacking mosques, burning copies of the Holy Quran and attacking shops with petrol bombs in rioting that began on Sunday, Muslim residents said.

COLOMBO (Reuters) — Sri Lankan police arrested 23 people on Tuesday in connection with a spate of attacks on Muslim-owned homes and shops in apparent reprisal for the Easter bombings that killed more than 250 people.

Soldiers in armoured vehicles patrolled the towns hit by sectarian violence this week as residents recalled how Muslims had hidden in paddy fields to escape mobs carrying rods and swords, incensed over the militant attacks.

The April 21 attacks, claimed by the militant Islamic State, targeted churches and hotels, mostly in Colombo, killing more than 250 people and fuelling fears of a backlash against the island nation’s minority Muslims.

Mobs moved through towns in Sri Lanka’s northwest on motorbikes and in buses, ransacking mosques, burning copies of the Holy Quran and attacking shops with petrol bombs in rioting that began on Sunday, Muslim residents said.

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